We are billion year old carbon. Yes, we all come from stars. Maybe this is why we love Northern lights and volcanoes so much.

Northern Lights

For recording the foreground or reflections in a night scene, the Magic Cloth Technique functions wonderfully. For using the Magic Cloth Method, the main prerequisite is having a long-exposure. So when you are photographing northern lights, which generally involve exposures between 30 and 5 seconds, the main requirement is already met. It is satisfied without needing to include filters. The only extra gear you are going to require is card or a straight-edge material, even though I’ve found that a large mitten functions just fine.

Balanced Exposure

In case your composition includes hardly any ground, or you’re shooting with super-wide angles, then the Magic Cloth is not going to be this useful. The purpose of the Magic Cloth Method is really to balance the exposure on the sky versus the ground, which means this works best if you aim to add some foreground that is completely fascinating in the scene.
In the event you can get your complete exposure up to 20 seconds (2 2nd skies exposure), then you’ll give your self time to do a reverse cloth actions.

Camera Gear

Choose the right equipment for Long exposure photography. Some lenses are too large, they create their own problems, such as the Nikkor 14-24mm. For low light and night, this lens is fine, but dark filters for day time Neutral Density photography becomes complicated.
Canon pro-DSLRs are perfect for Magic cloth photography
  • Easy features and total manual mode
  • Great live view able to fine focus stars!
  • Most settings can be changed with external buttons .
  • The Red light on the back lets you know you are shooting.

Facts about Northern Lights

The Oxygen in the atmosphere over 150 miles above the Earth’s surface reacts with the plasma & makes the sky appear red.

Multi-day tours

These are multi-day photo tours that include Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon. If conditions are good these tours can include Northern lights photography.

Custom Photo Tour

If you want something that is not listed or you want see Iceland at your own pace on a bespoke tour, our Custom Photo Tours go to all parts of Iceland.

Three day Jökulsarlon, Vestrahorn & South Coast

Feel the powerful silence of Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon and explore the South Coast & Vesturhorn – one of our best Iceland Photo Tour for Auroras.

FlyTour – Jökulsarlon

Spend a day or 2 in the Vatnjökull area of Iceland. This Iceland photo tour puts you right in the heart of Iceland’s stunning Glacier landscapes with one of our photo guides. These totally flexible photo tours can be booked on the fly and we can sometimes run with flexible dates to avoid a bad weather trip.

Winter photo workshops with Tony Prower

5 full photography days
  • South Coast & Vatnjökull region
  • Ice and Aurora photography
  • Regular dates from Oct – March
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  • Prices from: $1850 USD
  • Single room supplement: $240 USD
  • Seven day Full Circle

    Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity in a week long tour around the country.
    Prices from $8,847 USD

    Five day Beautiful South

    This photo tour combines the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular , South coast & Jökulsarlon photo tours to give a complete South Iceland experience.

    6 day Diamonds & Dragons

    This multi-day tour will take you around the best of South & West Iceland in six days. Touring from North West to South East with many top photo locations.
    Prices from $7,536USD

    South Iceland Photo Tours

    Our guided, multi-day photo tours of South Iceland will give you incredible photo opportunities. The South coast is rich with, glacier ice, towering waterfalls and black sand beaches.
    Book online from $2,291 USD

    Northern Lights Photos

    Here are some more photos of the Aurora Borealis to help keep you inspired by Iceland.

    Electric Night Orchestra

    I had just bought my Canon 5D mark III, so this was a chance to put the full frame camera to the test.

    Make a wish

    One of the keys to success when you are photographing the Northern Lights is the surrounding landscape or ‘Earthly’ features such as lighthouses or abandoned farm buildings. There is a little bit of luck involved, because the Northern lights have to be active in the right part of the sky.